'The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' reportedly films suicide special
By Reality TV World staff, 08/30/2011
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills has reportedly filmed a special which will address the recent suicide of Russell Armstrong, the estranged husband of Housewives star Taylor Armstrong.
While it remains unclear when it will air, The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills stars Camille Grammer, Adrienne Maloof, Kim Richards, Kyle Richards, and Lisa Vanderpump filmed the special on Monday, the Los Angeles Timesreported.
Taylor Armstrong reportedly did not participate in the special, which will feature The Real Housewives stars sharing their reactions and thoughts about Armstrong's suicide.
In addition, it remains unclear whether Bravo still plans to premiere The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' second season on Monday, September 5 as previously scheduled.
Earlier this month, the network had confirmed it was re-editing The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' upcoming season and considering delaying its debut after Armstrong's body was found hanging in the Los Angeles-area home of a friend he had been staying with on August 16.
Taylor Armstrong -- whose unhappiness about her marriage had been chronicled on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' first season last year -- had filed divorce from her husband, a 47-year-old venture capitalist, in July and alleged verbal and physical abuse during their marriage.
According to a July press release in which Bravo had announced the premiere of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' second season, the season was set to include the timeframe prior to the divorce filing and show The Real Housewives star "struggl[ing] with her loveless marriage."
Advance screeners of the season's premiere had also shown Taylor Armstrong discussing marriage counseling and attempting to spice up her marriage with lingerie.
In addition to his marital problems, Armstrong -- who was also reportedly recently sued by MyMedicalRecords.com for allegedly misusing more than $1.5 million in funds -- had been having significant financial problems prior to his death, according to his lawyer.
"As a couple, they lived way beyond their means... Each month was a challenge for him to cover their lifestyle," attorney Ronald Richards told People.
"Russell was in a lot of debt and he had legal problems. His credit cards were used up. He had serious financial problems. And that no doubt caused him a lot of stress."
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